3,014. 10/30/2001

On October 30, 2001, “At the Pentagon, a covert Office of Strategic Influence (OSI), with a staff of fifteen, was established to plant helpful ‘news,’ some of it phony, with foreign media. The office was headed by Brigadier General Simon Worden of the air force, who reported to Douglas Feith, the undersecretary of defense for policy. Some of the operation’s multimillion-dollar budget was going to outside contractors such as the Rendon Group, an international consulting firm in Washington whose clients had included the Central Intelligence Agency, the Kuwaiti royals, and the Iraqi National Congress, the anti-Hussein exile group headed by Ahmad Chalabi. The existence of the OSI became public just a few months later–in February [19] 2002, when it was reported by the New York Times.”

 – Frank Rich, The Greatest Story Ever Sold, Page 32

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